The official languages of New Zealand are English, Maori and NZ Sign Language. Don’t worry if you can’t speak Maori or NZ Sign Language though, we all mainly speak English. If you want to throw in some Maori words, the best place to start is ‘Kia Ora’ which means hello as well as thank you. It’s pronounced ‘key aura’. Another one that gets used a bit is ‘whanau’ which means family. It’s pronounced ‘far now’. Lots of our towns have Maori names which might prove a bit tricky to pronounce, but give it a go. Even in English we have a few words that might confuse you, here are some explanations to help…
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Written by: David Kettle
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